By Fadia Jolag
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
It’s not surprise that Isaiah is one of my favourite books in the Bible. The promises are endless. The verse above has been on my mind for the past few weeks. I was sharing with my sister-in-law and my family that for my nephews’ first birthday, I didn’t post pictures of them when they were in the NICU to revisit their journey because like the verse says, “do not dwell on the past.” It goes on to say, “I’m making something new”. That’s what I’m declaring over their lives – that every minute and every single day the Lord is making something new with them.
I don’t think the Lord wants us to keep dwelling on the past. My hope is that we will move forward, believing and declaring that the Lord is making something new with us every day. Let’s not miss it. Believe it or not, even with this pandemic the Lord is making something new. For example, not taking for granted your job, family, friends, relationships and most importantly, our relationship with God. My hope is that we don’t miss the “new,” while we keep thinking about the “old.”